Betting: Man City favourites to pip Chelsea to Premier League title

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Our tipster takes an early look at which teams are expected to be contending for the Premier League title when the new season gets underway in August

Despite bring crowned as Premier League champions, Chelsea are not considered as favourites with dabblebet to retain the title next season.

The Blues cruised to top spot in the Premier League under the stewardship of Antonio Conte and wrapped up the season in superb style with a thumping 5-1 win against Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Nevertheless, the west Londoners are priced up as a 100/30 (4.33) chance to retain their crown next term. Instead, it is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City who lead market, with dabblebet offering just 9/4 (3.25) that the men from Manchester take over top spot from the Blues.

City certainly finished the season in impressive fashion - Guardiola's men won each of their last four Premier League fixtures to secure third spot in the standings.

Furthermore, the men from Manchester racked up 15 goals in those four fixtures, conceding just twice. City, unquestionably, would dearly love to carry that form forward into the new season.

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Guardiola, whose first season in English football ended empty-handed, will be determined to return to winning ways next term and, with the manager likely to be backed by heavy investment from the club's hierarchy, City could well establish themselves as the team to beat in 2017/18.

Across the city, Manchester United's hopes of returning to the Champions League hinge on the outcome of tomorrow's Europa League final against Ajax Amsterdam. Victory in Solna for Jose Mourinho's side would see United qualify for the Champions League next term and would provide a massive fillip for the team that ended the Premier League season in sixth.

Mourinho is expected to spend heavily again this summer - Paul Pogba, of course, joined United for a world record fee back in August - and the lure of Champions League football could prove significant in attracting the calibre of players to Old Trafford that Mourinho wants. That, in turn, could see United offer a credible challenge for the Premier League title for the first time since they secured the silverware in 2013 and there is just 100/30 (4.33) that Manchester United take the title next season.

Liverpool, back in the Champions League next term following their 3-0 win against Middlesbrough on Sunday, are an 8/1 (9.0) chance to claim their first title of the Premier League era. Klopp, though, will need to significantly strengthen his playing pool if the Reds are to challenge at the top of the table next term.

Spurs, who have been forced to settle for second place in each of the last two seasons will play their Premier League fixtures as Wembley next season after saying an emotional goodbye to White Hart Lane earlier this month.

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The impact of that move on a Spurs side that has certainly struggled at the venue in recent years may well deter some punters from backing the north Londoners at 8/1 (9.0). Spurs supporters, though, will point out that they scored more goals - and conceded fewer - than any other team in the top flight this term. Furthermore, the north Londoners can call upon the services of Harry Kane, who has been the Premier League's leading marksman in each of the past two campaigns.

A summer of uncertainty lies ahead for Arsenal. The future of manager Arsene Wenger remains unclear and the Gunners, too, are contemplating a campaign bereft of Champions League involvement for the first time in 21 years.

How the north Londoners move forward over the summer - with or without Wenger - will be fascinating to watch and there is 11/1 (12.0) that Arsenal claim their first Premier League crown since 2004.

That Everton - a 66/1 (67.0) shot - are the only other side in the market available at odds of less than 200/1 (201.0) certainly suggests that the odds compilers are not expecting a title challenge to emerge from outside of this season's top six.

Nevertheless, the race to be crowned as Premier League champions remains a hugely popular market with punters.

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